Cyber Workforce Exec Order: Right Question, Wrong Answer

Cyber Workforce Exec Order: Right Question, Wrong Answer
Shuffling resources, adding administrative process, and creating a competition and incentive system will do little to grow and mature the talent we need to meet the cybersecurity challenges we face.

The recent Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce is intended to bolster public sector cybersecurity talent and improve our ability to hire, train, and retain a skilled workforce. Unfortunately, it ignores the real challenges we face in securing our public infrastructure: high turnover, outdated models, and an excess of administrative processes. Instead, the EO focuses on a series of relatively superficial initiatives seemingly designed to get people more excited about cybersecurity. These include:


• A cybersecurity rotational program• A common skill set lexicon/taxonomy based on the NICE framework• An annual cybersecurity competition with financial and other rewards for civilian and military participants • An annual cyber educati ..